AT&T, Virgin Mobile Announce Changes to Data Plans


A couple carriers in the US just announced some big changes to their wireless data offerings, and it’s not very good news overall.

The better news comes out of AT&T, which announced today some new data plans it will be implementing shortly. The bad news is that subscribers to these new plans will be paying more each month than existing customers have. On the flip side, though, they’re also getting more data than is allocated to existing plans.

Starting January 22, the following plans will be available for smartphones:

Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB

Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB

Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering

Additionally, tablet users will be able to get wireless service on their devices with the same sort of plans, at either $30 for 3GB or $50 for 5GB.

On the other hand, there doesn’t seem to be an upside (for subscribers, at least) to changes being implemented by Virgin Mobile. Starting March 23, if you exceed 2.5GB of data in a month (and, presumably, we’re talking about both uploads and downloads here), you’ll see your access throttled. The consequences for exceeding that limit? Download speeds limited to 256Kbps; no fun at all.

Source: AT&T, Virgin Mobile

Via: IntoMobile, PhoneScoop

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!